NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — You can't ask for a better start to the season.
In a double-header against Marlborough High School on Friday, the Agonquin boys and girls varsity basketball teams dominated.
The boys won, 67-32, capitalizing on a strong start and not letting up. Algonquin scored 25 points in the first quarter, allowing only 6 by Marlborough. By halftime, a solid defense allowed Algonquin to extend that lead to 40-10. By the end of the third quarter, it was 60-20.
"Our No. 1 goal was to play hard," Coach Brian Doherty said following the game. He added that defense had been the team's focus during practice. "Our defense created our offense."
A.J. Brodeur led scoring for Algonquin with 16 points, while Michael Stamas picked up 11.
"They did exactly what I asked them to do," Doherty said of his team. "Our motto on defense is, 'Take it personally,' and they took it personally."
The boys will next face Shepherd Hill Regional on Wednesday.
The girls won, 54-22, despite a slow start and some mistakes. However, after warming up in the beginning of the first quarter, the team held a consistent lead throughout the game.
"We started out slow in the first quarter," Coach Ron Jones said. That didn't last long, however. The Tomahawks picked up the pace and had their best moments in the third quarter, when they canned 13 points while allowing 6.
Algonquin was led by top scorers Amanda Murphy, who scored 16 points, and Sarah Merchant and Emily Carens, who both scored 8.
"We play deep," Jones said. "We've got a lot of kids who can play."
The girls will next face Shepherd Hill Regional on Tuesday.
"That'll be a real battle," Jones said. "We'll find out a little about ourselves on Tuesday."